A Very Present Help

Today, I am grateful for the way that God comes alongside me and offers me His presence and encouragement; these gifts are available to me at any time, on a moment-by-moment basis. I particularly love this passage from Jeremiah 1:19 (NIV):

“They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

I appreciate God’s honesty here. To paraphrase, He’s saying, “Look, life is going to be hard – since sin has messed everything up, you will encounter struggles that I never desired for you. However, I promise you three things:

  1. The evil of this world cannot and will not defeat you;
  2. I’ll never leave you – ever; and
  3. I will deliver you from your struggles – either in this present life, or on the other side of eternity.”

As I mentioned a few days ago, the Bible reminds us that God is our Rescuer, and this fact gives me tremendous hope. However, I also am comforted by the fact that He is “our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1, NASB).

This passage is one that many of us may find familiar. However, in the past, I’ve tended to focus on the following words:

  • Refuge
  • Strength
  • Help
  • Trouble

What leaps out to me today, though – and also in the earlier passage from Jeremiah 1:19 – are the words “I am with you” and “present”. Get it? God is with me. Now. I’ll say it again: God is with me. Now. God is with me, in the midst of my troubles, right now. Not tomorrow or next week, but in the present moment. The totality of His character and power are 100% available to me at this present moment.

I’ve never had any other person who was totally available to me, and never took a break. Even friends and loved ones (with their good intentions) often fail us. However, with God, this isn’t even a possibility.

I don’t know what you’re going through now, but remember this: God is with you in your trials, right now. He’s with us in the good times, too, but sometimes we get distracted by our blessings and can forget that He is there with us. if I’m not careful, what starts out as a good thing can quickly become an area of worry; and before I know it, I find myself over-analyzing my circumstances, rather than focusing my attention on the God who is able to completely change them.

So thank You, Lord, for Your presence – Your attendance record is spotless! – and for always being available to me.

Here is my prayer for today: Dear Jesus, thank You for these important truths from the Bible: You are always with me – right now – and You’ll never leave me. Yes, life has is challenges, but You promise that these challenges do not have the power to defeat me, as long as I rely on You.

I am reminded of the refrain from a classic hymn, “Never Alone”:

No, never alone,
No, never alone;
He promised never to leave me,
Never to leave me alone.

Thanks for never leaving me alone, Lord. In Your precious name I pray, Amen.

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